The English Patient
Michael Ondaatje’s brilliant historical fiction has been translated into 40 languages and turned into an Oscar-winning film. Discover more about the book that won the Golden Man Booker in 2018.
Michael Ondaatje is the author of seven novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film and several books of poetry.
The English Patient won the Booker Prize in 1992 and the Golden Booker in 2018; Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje now lives in Toronto. Ondaatje was also shortlisted, for his entire body of work, for The Man Booker International Prize 2007.
Between 2005 - 2015, the Man Booker International Prize recognised one writer for their achievement in fiction.
Worth £60,000, the prize was awarded every two years to a living author who had published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.
The winner was chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel and there were no submissions from publishers.
The Man Booker International Prize was different from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction in that it highlighted one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. In focusing on overall literary excellence, the judges considered a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel.